Whilst walking along Swanston Street, you may see a big yellow sign with some Chinese words and underneath ‘Vegetarian Cuisine’ in green writing. This is your queue to keep on walking. If you end up travelling up to Level 3 in Noodle Kingdom’s elevator, then unfortunately you have missed the queue and you will be welcomed by Gong Din Lin’s sterile surroundings.
In fact, the list of dishes is so astounding that I can’t even advise you what the name of the dish I ordered was. I can confirm that it was a soup, with bok choy, and Chinese mushrooms with hokkien noodles in vegetable stock. The ingredient that is really throwing me here is the golden coloured puffs of funghi or dumpling.
I’m going to lay it on the line here, I didn’t like the soup, nor the venue that brought to mind a hospital. There was an odd scent in the air and the general feeling of being in that restaurant was bleak. I sat close to the window, spilling my noodle soup on the butcher’s paper, anxious to leave. In one’s view, I will not be returning here. However, those that are interested in vegetarian and vegan cuisine should pay Gong De Lin a visit as there are copious amounts of other dishes to try.
Enlightened Cuisine is beautiful. My favourite meal in entree of sesame prawn, main of Chicken Clay Pot and banana split for desert. The cashew but chicken, hokkien noodles and chicken and corn soups are also phenomenal. The price is a bit on the high side but you pay for the restaurant surroundings. Large mahogany tables with glass you can spin many meals on makes it a fun and fancy restaurant experience, rather than a quick eat / ‘get the hell out of here so someone else can have your damn table’ experience. I think it would be perfect if they added some vegan Asian inspired desserts with coconut/mango flavours. All in all I give them a 10/10 for the chicken chunk clay pot!